Do your own Silent Peace Walk

Do your own Silent Peace Walk

February 11, 2021

Erie Benedictines for Peace is encouraging a "Do it yourself" Silent Walk for Peace on Friday, February 12, from 1:00 to about 1:30 pm. We hope you will walk in solidarity, by holding a silent peace walk in your local area at the same time. Download a PDF presentation that introduces and explains the Silent Peace Walk. Click here.


Feast of St. Scholastica and a Pandemic Poem Prayer

Feast of St. Scholastica and a Pandemic Poem Prayer

February 10, 2021

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict. Gregory the Great said that she was a woman who could “do more because she loved more.” Following the example of loving more, we offer today this pandemic poem prayer written by Sister Mary Ellen Plumb. May this prayer feed your desire to love more.

God, wise God, what if we thought of this time as Your powerful wisdom:
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Sister Joan will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti

Sister Joan will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti

February 9, 2021

The Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice will be presented to Joan Chittister on Saturday, March 6, by the Paulist Center in Boston. The Zoom event, scheduled for 7 p.m., includes a presentation by Sister Joan on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. Named after the founder of the Paulist Fathers, the award is given annually to an individual or group in recognition of the outstanding commitment of a North American Catholic to building a more just and peaceful world.
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St. Josephine Bakhita

Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

February 8, 2021

February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General have designated this date as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. We pray in solidarity with those who have suffered as victims of human trafficking and we work to end this horror.

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2013 student service week volunteer Molly Burhans doing groundbreaking work

2013 student service week volunteer doing groundbreaking mapping work

February 3, 2021

Then Cansius College student Molly Burhans spent a service week during the spring of 2013 at the monastery. This week her story was featured in The New Yorker magazine: "How a Young Activist Is Helping Pope Francis Battle Climate Change." The "monastery in northwestern Pennsylvania" is Mount St. Benedict Monastery. While the community's attention to its land health has grown since 2013, including a recent stream restoration project, there is always more we can do--a fact that fed Molly's thinking.
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Sister Marian, left, Joyce Frenz and Sister Tina Geiger

Sister Marian: an everyday hero

February 1, 2021

Erie Benedictine Sister Marian Wehler and Sister of Mercy Tina Geiger, the two sisters of Catholic Rural Ministries, are Venango Heroes, recognized by the Venango Chamber of Commerce for bringing hope and God's compassionate presence to others. They do this in many ways but most recently, during the pandemic, by inviting people to bake cookies to be served with 200-300 free take out hot dinners twice a month served by the Lutheran churches.
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Oblate Judith Valente

New eCourse begins Monday

January 27, 2021

Being Benedictine in the New Normal is a new eCourse offered by Monasteries of the Heart on the Benedictine way of life in light of the challenges of our current moment. Judith Valente, an award-winning author, poet and journalist and oblate of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, KS, will facilitate the three-week course that begins this Monday, February 1.

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Highlighting a Benedictine ministry volunteer

Highlighting a Benedictine ministry volunteer

January 20, 2021

Emmaus Ministries has been a Benedictine presence in the inner-city since 1974, a commitment to the forgotten and faceless of society. And hundreds of volunteers make that presence real. The Emmaus web page highlights volunteer Rosa Fatica-Showers. Pictured: Rosa Fatica-Showers (middle) with her mother Angela Fatica (left) and uncle Tony Engro

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18, 2021

Monday, January 18, we begin the international celebration of the Week for Christian Unity and the unity of all people of faith with the theme “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit.” (John 15:1-17)

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Martin Luther King Day #PeaceWithJustice

Martin Luther King Day #PeaceWithJustice

January 17, 2021

Benedictines for Peace offers these links to local and national celebrations in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Monday, January 18: Horton Family & Friends MLK Prayer Service, featuring Pastor Darrell Cook of Christ Community Church, with presentation of the Wiley-Horton Scholarship in conjunction with Gannon University, 10 a.m., Zoom link click here.

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Sister Placida 103rd birthday

Aging with Grace

January 15, 2021

In her 103rd podcast, Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski speaks with 103-year-old Sister Placida Anheuser.

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Peace to all who enter here.

Pray with us

January 14, 2021

At the entrance to every Benedictine monastery, we find the word Pax, “Peace to those enter here.” It is a reminder that St. Benedict directs us in the Rule to "let peace be your quest and aim." In that spirit, the Erie Benedictine Liturgy Team invites you to pray the following prayer at midday each day until Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021. At the monastery, we will end Midday Prayer with this prayer.
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Introducing the new Communications and Development Team

Introducing the new Communications and Development Team

January 11, 2021

“It was certainly not the way I envisioned bringing someone into our extended Benedictine family,” said Sister Linda Romey after welcoming Michelle Basista to her new position as Communications and Development Associate via Zoom on January 4. “But with the monastery under quarantine with active COVID cases, it was our only option.”
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Sister Stephanie Schmidt leads Holy Hour

Marking the end of the Christmas Season

January 10, 2021

On the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Sunday, January 10, we end the Christmas season and enter into Ordinary Time. Still in quarantine with sisters who have COVID, the sisters marked the day with a Holy Hour broadcast over the PA system....For each of us, this Advent and Christmas season, like the past nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been truly extraordinary....
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LCWR Statement: Repair Our Democracy

LCWR Statement: Repair Our Democracy

January 7, 2021

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie join with women religious through the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in renewing our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union.

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Benedict wears his mask.

Wear a mask

January 6, 2021

Sister Susan Doubet promotes mask wearing on her new blog post. Benedict listened!

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Epiphany Blessing of the Monastery

Epiphany Blessing of the Monastery

January 3, 2021

With the monastery still under quarantine and sisters with COVID, the 2021 celebration of Epiphany, including the monastery blessing, relied in part on memory and desire....prioress Sister Stephanie Schmidt invited everyone to remember past processions of sisters and guests blessing the different spaces in the monastery...
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New blog post from Old Monk: Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

New blog post from Old Monk: Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

January 1, 2021

It’s all we have, of course—one body in which we experience what we call “my life.” I think of how little time I’ve given to acknowledging it, reverencing it.... How fantastic that we just celebrated Christmas when we’re reminded that God comes to us in a human body. “Venite adoremus,” come let us adore. And as far as New Year’s resolutions go—Let’s just give this beautiful body one long, passionate kiss.
>>> Read at Monasteries of the Heart